Second Hand iPhone in Nepal – Read this before buying

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The iPhone is like the king of smartphones, right? It’s got that fancy iOS, and killer camera, and it just feels top-notch. But let’s be real, it’s not exactly cheap. Plus, have you seen the price tag on those new iPhones? Over 2 lakhs! But hey, when there’s a will, there’s a way: you can always get yourself a secondhand iPhone in Nepal.

I know I know, it’s fun to unbox the new phone but our budget might not work the same way, right? That’s where buying a used or pre-owned iPhone comes into play. It’s a savvy way to get your hands on a premium phone without breaking the bank. Even Apple itself supports buying secondhand iPhones. According to the brand, “the Apple products are designed to be durable and have a longer lifespan than other smartphones so making a pre-owned iPhone a smart choice for anyone looking to own one”.

But how much does a second-hand iPhone cost? Beyond the price, you should also consider factors like the phone’s condition, its usage period, and more. In this article, we’ll share tips and tricks to help you navigate the second-hand market with confidence. But, before diving into the tips for buying an iPhone, let’s explore where we can buy the secondhand iPhones from.

Where can we buy the secondhand iPhones?

There are many platforms, both online and offline, where you can buy secondhand iPhones. If you’re purchasing from friends, random sellers, or local sources, it’s recommended to visit and inspect the device before buying. Ensure that the seller is reliable and trustworthy to avoid any issues.

If not offline or at local stores, you can also purchase secondhand iPhones from online markets like Facebook Marketplace and Hamrobazar. However, be cautious when using Facebook Marketplace, as scams can occur. It’s important to thoroughly vet the seller and the product before making a purchase. Personally, I recommend using Hamrobazar instead, as it tends to have more reliable listings and a safer buying environment.

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At Hamrobazar, you can find second-hand iPhones ranging from as low as NPR 30,000 for older models like the iPhone 11 to around NPR 180,000 for more recent models like the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Second-hand iPhone Market in Hamrobazar

On Hamrobazar, prices can vary based on the phone’s physical condition, battery health, storage capacity, and included accessories. Some sellers disclose all the details, including any parts they’ve changed and the battery’s health, while others do not. Therefore, prices depend on the seller.

Price of iPhone 11 Series in Hamrobazar

Model Name

Price Range Hamrobazar

iPhone 11 (64GB)

Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000

iPhone 11 (128GB)

Rs. 33,000 to Rs. 49,000

iPhone 11 (256GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 11 Pro (64GB)

Rs. 42,000 to Rs. 60,000

iPhone 11 Pro (128GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 11 Pro (256GB)

Rs. 42,000 to Rs. 56,000

iPhone 11 Pro (512GB)

Rs. 42,000

iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 11 Pro Max (128GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)

Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 66,000

Price of iPhone 12 Series in Hamrobazar

Model Name

Price Range Hamrobazar

iPhone 12 (128GB)

Rs. 49,000 to Rs. 62,000

iPhone 12 (256GB)

Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 62,000

iPhone 12 (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 12 Pro (128GB)

Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 65,000

iPhone 12 Pro (256GB)

Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 78,000

iPhone 12 Pro (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 12 Pro Max (128 GB)

Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 77,000

iPhone 12 Pro Max (256GB)

Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 84,000

iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)

Rs. 77,500 to 80,000

Price of iPhone 13 Series in Hamrobazar

Model Name

Price Range Hamrobazar

iPhone 13 (128GB)

Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 75,000

iPhone 13 (256GB)

Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 76000

iPhone 13 (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 13 Pro (128/256/512 GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 13 Pro Max (128 GB)

Rs. 84,000 to Rs. 102,000

iPhone 13 Pro Max (256GB)

Rs. 107000 to Rs. 125000

iPhone 13 Pro Max (1TB)

Rs. 1,20,000

Price of iPhone 14 Series in Hamrobazar

Model Name

Price Range Hamrobazar

iPhone 14 (128GB)

Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 98000

iPhone 14 (256GB)

Rs. 107,000 to Rs. 120,000

iPhone 14 (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 14 Plus (128GB)

Rs. 76000 to Rs. 90,000

iPhone 14 Plus (256GB)

Rs. 85,500

iPhone 14 Plus (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 14Pro (128GB)

Rs. 127,000

iPhone 14 Pro (256GB)

Rs. 102,000 to Rs. 115,000

iPhone 14 Pro (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 14 Pro Max (128 GB)

Rs. 118000

iPhone 14 Pro Max (256GB)

Rs. 118,000 to Rs. 145,000

iPhone 14 Pro Max (512GB)

Rs.142,000

Price of iPhone 15 Series in Hamrobazar

Model Name

Price Range Hamrobazar

iPhone 15 (128GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 (256GB)

Rs. 107,000 to Rs. 120,000

iPhone 15 (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Plus (128GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Plus (256GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Plus (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Pro (128GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Pro (256GB)

Rs. 140,000

iPhone 15 Pro (512GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Pro Max (128 GB)

Unavailable (until publication of this article)

iPhone 15 Pro Max (256GB)

Rs. 160,000 to 180,000

iPhone 15 Pro Max (512GB)

Rs. 195,000

Note: Please understand that the price may vary when you look at listings on Hamrobazar. Prices can change based on the seller’s reliability, the phone’s condition, and your negotiations with the seller. Also, many products on Hamrobazar are listed as new. Therefore, it’s important to communicate with the seller and verify all details before making a purchase.

Also, most of the sellers offer a testing period ranging from one week to 15 days. Take advantage of this opportunity to thoroughly check the phone. Now, let’s talk about how to test these second-hand iPhones.

Things to consider before buying a secondhand iPhone

When buying a second-hand iPhone offline or online, first check the physical condition. If it doesn’t look good at first glance, it’s not worth buying. If it passes this initial inspection, you can move on to the next step.

1. Proof of Purchase:

Before buying, it’s super important to be careful. Sadly, there are people out there who might try to sell you a stolen phone, often brought in from India. To stay safe, always ask for a hard or soft copy of the original receipt from the seller. This helps confirm the prior ownership and warranty status. Check that the seller’s name or ID matches the details on the receipt. Verify the purchase date to ensure the device is still under warranty.

2. IMEI Number

Ask the seller to provide the IMEI number by going to Settings > General > About or by dialing *#06#. Use websites like IMEI.info to check the device’s details, including the network, country, warranty status, and system version, against the proof of purchase.

3. Serial Number

Obtain the iPhone’s serial number from Settings > General > About. Use Apple’s website to verify the service and support coverage. The serial number also provides information about when and where the iPhone was manufactured and its specifications.

iPhone coverage

4. Battery Health

Check the iPhone’s battery health by navigating to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. Apple suggests that an iPhone should retain up to 80% of its capacity after 500 full charge cycles. Ensure the battery status is acceptable, especially when buying from a second-hand seller.

Checking iPhone's Battery Health

5. Part Authenticity

Ask the seller if the iPhone has undergone any repairs and whether they were performed by Apple-authorized service providers. Refurbished iPhones with parts from unauthorized providers might have lower-quality components, affecting performance and durability.

Ask for documentation of any repairs, particularly for the screen or battery. Verify that repairs were done by Apple-authorized service providers to avoid issues with unauthorized parts that can affect functionality.

  • Apple says we can find if any parts have been replaced:

For this, go to Settings > General > About, and check the iOS version. If it’s iOS 15.2 or later, you may see a “Parts and Service History” section after the serial number, depending on the iPhone model and if a part has been replaced.

A part labeled “Genuine Apple Part” means it has been replaced with an authentic Apple part using genuine processes. If a part is labeled “Unknown Part,” it indicates the installation is incomplete, the part is non-genuine, was previously used in another iPhone, or isn’t functioning properly.

iPhone replaced parts

6. Physical Condition and screen quality

Examine the iPhone for physical damage such as scratches, dents, and discoloration. Check the camera lenses for scratches and the Lightning connector for damage or debris. Verify that the iPhone charges properly by plugging in a cable. Check the charging port for obstructions or damage. Test with wired headphones to ensure the port works. Verify the microphone by recording voice memos and making calls to ensure clear audio capture.

You could also look for screen burn-in by playing videos with solid color backgrounds. For older models, check for LCD backlighting issues using a solid white slide. This helps ensure the display is in good condition.

7. Activation and Lock Status

Turn on the iPhone to check if it’s locked to a previous owner. If it shows a lock screen or “iPhone Locked to Owner,” have the seller unlock it in your presence to prove ownership and ensure it’s not stolen.

8. Software and Functionality

After the lock status, one needs to check the physical buttons, touch gestures, and basic iPhone functions (swiping, tapping, zooming). Ensure the iPhone operates smoothly with no lags or issues.

9. Additional Tests

Use diagnostic apps to check sensors like GPS and NFC. Ensure that features like Face ID or Touch ID are functioning correctly. For newer models, check the Action button and other specific hardware functionalities.

Is buying a Secondhand iPhone worth it?

In my experience, iPhone hardware is very dependable when not exposed to excessive physical or water damage. Additionally, Apple’s iOS generally supports older models for many years after they have been discontinued. However, it is better to avoid models that are too old; I suggest starting with the iPhone 11 series and newer.

It’s becoming increasingly common to come across fake electronic devices that appear very authentic. One reason many second-hand electronics are sold at low prices is that some parts may have been replaced with non-original components. While these “iPhones” may work well at first, they often won’t perform optimally or last as long as genuine ones.

The obvious damage like a cracked screen can be spotted quickly, but other issues might not be immediately apparent. To ensure you’re making a safe purchase, take the time to purchase the phone. If done so, buying a secondhand iPhone is totally worth it.

If you still don’t feel like buying a secondhand iPhone, you also have the option to buy refurbished iPhones from authentic sellers in Nepal.

Refurbished iPhones in Nepal

Refurbished iPhones are pre-owned devices that have been returned to the manufacturer or a certified refurbisher for various reasons, such as defects or trade-ins. These phones undergo a thorough inspection, repair, and testing process to ensure they meet quality standards before being resold. Refurbished iPhones often come with a warranty and may include new parts like batteries or screens, making them a cost-effective alternative to buying a brand-new iPhone.

In Nepal, we have sites like Daraz and SabKo Phone from where you can buy these refurbished iPhones. According to SabKo Phone, their locally purchased phones pass through a proper test system. They also provide up to 6 months full warranty on both software and hardware.

FAQs

Are second-hand iPhones reliable?
Yes, iPhones have a longer lifespan with dependable hardware and software performance which makes second-hand iPhones reliable depending on the condition and seller.
Where is the best place to buy a second-hand iPhone?
It depends; if you have a trustworthy seller, you can buy from them or from online platforms like Hamrobazar. You can also buy refurbished phones from SabKo phone and Daraz Nepal.
Which second-hand iPhone model should I buy?
Consider buying an iPhone from the 11 series or later. Older models may not support new software updates.
What should I check when buying a second-hand iPhone?
When buying a second-hand iPhone, check for stolen or carrier-locked status, verify the IMEI/serial number, inspect the physical condition, and confirm proof of purchase. Also, assess battery health, component authenticity, functional tests, performance, storage size, Touch ID/Face ID functionality, and avoid devices with cracked screens or backs.

Meanwhile, check out our opinion on which iPhone to buy in 2024.